Tuesday, April 29, 2008


3 Na Massa – 3 Na Massa (Nublu)
Abbey Lincoln – Naturally (New Edition)
Al DiMeola – Beautiful Love – The NYC Session (Pid)
Alfonzo Blackwell – Dance To This (Utopia)
Angilley – Havana Club (Angilley/UK)
Antonio Allen – Foreve & Always (Orpheus)
Atlantic Starr – All In The Name Of Love/We’re Movin’ Up (Warner)
Bar-Kays – Nightcruising (Mercury-PTG/Netherlands)
Bill Cosby – Bill Cosby Presents Badfoot Brown & The Bunions Bradford Funeral & Marching Band (Uni/Dusty Groove)
Billy Griffin – Believe It Or Not: The Billy Griffin Collection (Columbia/UK)
Bob Baldwin – Newurbanjazz.com (Nu Groove)
Bobbi Humphrey – Freestyle (Epic/Japan)
Carlos Santana – Plays Blues At Montreux 2004 (Eagle Rock DVD)
Carly Simon – This Kind Of Love (Hear Music)
Chico Hamilton – Film Music Of Chico Hamilton: Sweet Smell OF Success & Repulsion (Decca-Harkit/UK)
Chico Hamilton – It’s About Time EP (Joyous Shout)
Chico Hamilton & Others – Alternate Dimensions of El Chico (Joyous Shout)
Chieko Kinbara – Sweetest Day – Romance For Strings (Grand Gallery/Japan)
Chris Standring – Love & Paragraphs (Ultimate Vibe)
Chuito & The Latin Uniques – From The Street (Speed/Fania)
Cinematic Orchestra – Live At The Royal Albert Theatre (Domino)
David Axelrod – Seriously Deep (Polygram/Dusty Groove)
Diplomats Of Solid Soul – Diplomats Of Solid Soul feat. The Diplomettes (Record Kicks/Italy)
Don Cherry – Love At Café Montmartre 19966 Vol. 2 (ESP)
Elis Regina – Elis Regina In London (Philips-Universal/Japan)
Ennio Morricone – Escalation (Digitmovies/Italy)
Glen Anthony Henry – Relax & Love (Unique/Germany)
Earl Klugh – The Spice Of Life (Koch)
East Of West – Crossing Borders (EOW)
Eddie Gomez – Street Smart (Sony Japan)
Five Corners Quintet – Chasing The Jazz Gone By (Pid)
Franco Micalizzi – Non C’E Due Senza Quattro (Beat/Italy)
Grover Washington Jr – Inner City Blues (Verve)
Impressions – Three The Hard Way/First Impressions (Curtom/American Beat)
Jan Hammer – First Seven Days (Sbme Special Mkts)
Jazz Crusaders – Old Socks New Shoes New Socks Old Shoes (Verve)
Jazzanova – Neujazz (Sonar Kollektiv/Germany)
Jean Luc Ponty – Tchokola (Sbme Special Mkts)
Jessica Williams – Songs For A New Century (Origin)
Joe Sample – Song Lives On (Pra)
Johnny Mathis – A Night To Remember (Columbia)
Juicebox – Popcorn 69 (Hippo/Netherlands)
Kenny Rankin – Professional Dreamer (BMG/Japan)
Kenny Rankin – Here In My Heart (BMG/Japan)
Kissy Asplund – Plethora (R2/UK)
Larry Carlton & Guests – Jazz King (Sony BMG Europe)
Larry Graham – Fired Up (Warner)
Larry Graham – Just Be My Lady (Warner)
Larry Graham – Victory (Warner)
Lizz Fields – Pleasureville (Lizz Fields)
Luiz Henrique & Walter Wanderley – Popcorn (Verve/Japan)
Kid Creole – Going Places: The August Darnell Years 1970-1983 (Strut)
Kissy Asplund – Plethora (R2/UK)
Marc Antoine – Comme Il Se Doit (EMI/France)
Marcos Valle – Samba ’68 (Verve/Japan)
Miles Benjiman – Fell Glorious (Tru Thoughts/UK)
Millie Jackson – Soul For The Dancefloor (Spring-Kent/UK)
Mo’ Horizons – New Bohemian Freedom (Hi-Note Music)
Niles Petter Molvaer – Re Vision (Universal/Sweden)
Nina Simone – Baltimore (Legacy)
Norio Maeda & Playboys Enraku No Playboy Kouza – The Playboy Manual (Takt-Ultra Vybe/Japan)
Paradise – Love Is The Answer (Priority-Boogie Times/France)
Pat Metheny – Day Trip Live (Nonesuch)
Peggy Lee – Make It With You/Where Did They Go (Capitol)
Peggy Lee – Classics (Curb)
Ramsey Lewis – Live At The Bohemian Cavers In Washington DC (Verve)
Robert Ruff – Shaza Ra (Baystate/Japan)
Rodney Franklin – In The Center (Columbia/Japan)
Saravah Soul – Saravah Soul (Tru Thoughts/UK)
Shel Silverstein – Hairy Jazz (Elektra/Warner)
Shungo Sawada – Hit & Hit In Bossa Nova (Columbia/Japan)
Stan Getz – Jazz Profiles (Pid)
Stanley Jordan – State Of Nature (Mack Avenue)
Steel An Skin – Reggae Is Here Once Again (EM/Japan)
Steve Winwood – Nine Lives (Columbia)
Swingers – Jazz Video (Rotary-Arision/UK)
Sy Smith – Conflict (Sy Smith)
Tamba Trio – Tamba Trio (Polygram/Japan)
Tetine – Let Your X’s Be Y’s (Soul Jazz/UK)
Tomas Doncker – Inside Out (Groovysexymusic)
Toots Thielmans & Ellis Regina – Aquarela Dp Brasil (Universal/Japan)
Trio 3 – Time Being (Pid)
Various Artists – Big Hits From The Hill – Flamin’ Hotz Funk, You Down? (Flamin’ Hotz)
Various Artists – Easy Beatles – Irrestistable In-Sound Interpretations From the 60’s & 70’s (Bureau/Germany)
Various Artists – Future Soul (Freestyle/UK)
Various Artists – Solar – The Ultimate 12" Collection (Solar-PTG/France)
Various Artists – Spiritual Jazz – Esoteric, Modal & Deep Jazz From The Underground 1968-1977 (Jazzman/UK)
Velben – Formless (Traveler/Finland)
Vince Guaraldi – Lost Cues From The Charlie Brown TV Specials Vol. 2 (D&D)
Yosuke Yamashita – Mina’s Second Theme (Victor/Japan)

Monday, April 28, 2008


Nokia has announced that SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT has officially joined Nokia Comes With Music, a revolutionary way for people to discover and enjoy music with their Nokia device. "As one of the leading major music companies in the world, our collaboration with SONY BMG means we can offer a huge range of fantastic music from both international and local artists via Comes With Music," said Tero Ojanpera, executive vice president and head of the Nokia Entertainment and Communities business. "It's great to have them on board as we move forward with bringing our unlimited music bundle to the market."

People who buy a Nokia Comes With Music device will have a year of access to the SONY BMG rich catalog of music. Consumers will be able to download tracks to both their mobile device and computer through the Nokia Music Store during the first twelve months that they own their Nokia device. At the end of the one year period, they can keep their downloaded tracks and, should they purchase a new compatible device or computer, they can transfer their downloaded material by substituting their new device or computer for the original devices. As a result, music fans who participate in the Comes With Music experience will be able to keep their downloads on their device and/or computer for the rest of their lives.

Consumers will have a number of attractive options for continuing to get new music after the Nokia Comes With Music subscription is over: they will be able to continue to purchase additional tracks from the Nokia Music Store, or move on to a Nokia "unlimited access" subscription service to enjoy new releases and catalog tracks not downloaded during the initial year. Comes With Music is expected to launch in the second half of 2008 on a range of Nokia devices in selected markets.

Here’s how it all works…
Nokia Comes With Music enables people to buy a Nokia device with a year of unlimited access to tracks from a range of great artists - past, present and future. Once the year is complete, customers can keep all their music without having to worry about it disappearing when their subscription is over. Universal Music Group International and SONY BMG ENTERTAINMENT are part of the launch and Nokia is in discussion with many other international labels.

Saturday, April 26, 2008


Sly and the Family Stone will perform the following concerts: April 25 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA; April 26 at the House of Blues in Hollywood, CA; and May 3 at the Vic Theatre in Chicago, Il.

DJ Louis Vega is at Hudson at 365 West West 58 Street in New York City on May 5th from 6-10PM.

Erykah Badu, Chaka Khan, John Legend, Frankie Beverly & Maze, and the Emotions are some of the acts booked to participate in the 9th annual Fantastic Voyage, which sets sail from Miami on May 18th . The seven-day, six-night cruise via the Royal Caribbean International's Freedom of the Seas will make stops in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and CocoCay, Bahamas. The cruise will feature performances by Maze, the Emotions, Khan, The Stylistics, Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and SWV. Also set for performances on board are Roy Ayers, Lonnie Liston Smith and Wayne Henderson.Badu and Legend will perform at a special shore show for cruise passengers only at Puerto Rico's Coliseum in San Juan.

Thievery Corporation have announced a string of full-band US tour dates for the month of June as part of the Outernational Music tour. The shows will begin on June 20th in San Francisco and will end with the band’s hometown of Washinton, DC. The concerts will also feature performances by Bebel Gilberto, Sue Jorge, Federico Aubele, and Turntables On The Hudson.

Outernational tour dates:
June 20 @ The Greek Theatre, San Francisco, CA
June 21 @ Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV (w/Gnarls Barkley)
June 22 @ Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
June 24 @ STubbs BBQ, Austin, TX
June 26 @ Summerstage, New York, NY
June 20 @ Merriweather Pavillion, Washington, DC

Federico Aubele along with Natalie Clavier have announced concerts in Europe. Federico Aubele will also be joining Theivery Corporation for four of their shows during the Outernational Music Tour.

Federico Auble and Natalie Clavier concert dates are as follows:
July 1 @ Ottawa Bluefest, Ottawa, ON
July 11 @ Balaton Sound Festival, Zamardi, HUN
July 24 @ Nice Jazz Festival, Nice, FRA
July 25 @ Blue Balls Festival, Luzern, SWI
August 1 @ The Big Chill, Herefordshire, UK

Gilles Peterson is set to appear at Cielo in New York City on August 7.

Friday, April 25, 2008


Grammy-nominated pop instrumentalist Dave Koz will kick off an extensive summer tour of the U.S. on June 6th in El Paso, TX. And the saxophonist extraordinaire has been tapped to close Kennedy Center's NSO Pops concert season in Washington, DC, which will present "A Date with Dave Koz" on May 15th, 16th and 17th. Koz will be backed by the National Symphony Orchestra with Oscar-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch conducting.

The "Dave Koz & Friends" tours have been mainstays of the summer concert season, but this year the spotlight will be on Dave, as he tours solo for the first time in more than eight years. Per Dave Koz, "I'm extremely excited -- I've been waiting to do this tour for a long time," says Koz. "We've enlarged the band and are raring to go for the summer. It's a chance for us to really break it down, get super-creative and have some serious fun playing for the fans."

Dave Koz recently performed on the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast on CBS earlier this year, will be playing songs from the Grammy-nominated At The Movies, which was produced by the legendary Phil Ramone and spent eight weeks at #1 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart last year. The CD was included in the recent Dave Koz At The Movies Double Feature collection, which featured bonus tracks and a DVD with Koz and guests Barry Manilow, Donna Summer, Johnny Mathis and Peter White performing classic movie themes such as "Moon River" (from Breakfast at Tiffany's), "The Shadow of Your Smile" (from The Sandpiper) and "It Might Be You" (from Tootsie).

Dave will also be playing hits and fan favorites from his extensive catalogue, which includes the gold-certified Lucky Man, The Dance, which was also certified Gold and contained five Top 5 contemporary jazz hits, and Saxophonic, which produced another four Top 5 singles and garnered Koz two Grammy nominations spanning two consecutive years.

After the summer outing, Koz will tour Japan, then embark on the fourth annual "Dave Koz & Friends At Sea" cruise on Holland America Line's m/s Westerdam. This year's cruise departs Ft. Lauderdale for the Caribbean on November 2nd and returns November 9th. Click to http://www.davekozcruise.com/ for further details.

Here are the Dave Koz summer tour dates (subject to change):
May 15 - Washington, DC @ Kennedy Center
May 16 - Washington, DC @ Kennedy Center
May 17 - Washington, DC @ Kennedy Center
May 24 - San Diego, CA @ Downtown San Diego/San Diego Gaslamp Assn.Festival
June 6 - El Paso, TX @ Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center
June 7 - Jenks, OK @ Oklahoma Aquarium
June 13 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
June 14 - Indianapolis, IN @ Military Park/10th Annual Indy Jazz Festival
June 15 - Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
June 20 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Cabaret
June 21 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Cabaret
June 25 - Boston, MA @ Scullers Club
June 27 - Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues
June 29 - Hampton, VA @ Hampton Jazz Festival
July 11 - Fresno, CA @ Tower Theatre
July 12 - Napa Valley, CA@ Robert Mondavi Winery
July 17 - Homewood, CA @ Lake Tahoe Music Festival Homewood Resort
July 23 - Detroit, MI @ Chene Park
July 25 - Apple Valley, MN @ Weesner Amphitheatre
July 26 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
August 9 - Oyster Bay, NY @ Long Island Jazz Festival/Planting Fields Arboretum
August 16 - Temecula, CA @ Thornton Winery
August 17 - Temecula, CA @ Thornton Winery
August 22 - Las Vegas, NV @ Sunset Station Hotel & Casino
September 13 - Camarillo, CA @ Camarillo Old Town Art and Jazz Festival
September 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre (KTWV Wave Fest)

Thursday, April 24, 2008


eMusic, the world's largest digital retailer of independent music and the world's second-largest music service after iTunes, recently announced that it has sold more than 200 million downloads since establishing its current subscription model in November 2003. The total comprises music downloads sold in the U.S. and the E.U., where eMusic has been available in all 27 E.U. nations since September 2006. The company is now selling more than 7 million tracks a month across all territories. The 200 millionth track downloaded was "Fiery Crash" from Andrew Bird's "Armchair Apocrypha" (Fat Possum Records). eMusic also reports that it has sold 40 million downloads since the launch of Amazon MP3 on September 25, 2007.

"As more choices emerge for consumers in the digital music space, eMusic continues to grow, attracting new customers and selling more music every day," said eMusic President and CEO David Pakman. "We've been ahead of the curve on DRM-free formats and price since day one, and we believe these numbers show that eMusic continues to sell more digital music than any other service apart from iTunes. "Most importantly, we are doing a great job satisfying customers' needs, helping them discover music they otherwise would not have found, and giving them a reason to spend money on music," he added.

The company reached the 200 million download mark in less than a year and half since hitting 100 million downloads in December 2006 -- less than half the time it took to reach 100 million downloads. These royalty-bearing downloads reflect how eMusic is helping independent labels gain market share by selling albums and songs that wouldn't have sold otherwise to customers interested in music outside of the mainstream.

eMusic offers the serious music fan a place to find the best online music in all genres, including indie rock, classical and jazz. With deep relationships with the world's top independent labels, guidance from the best music editorial experts and a passionate music community, eMusic caters to music fans aged 25+. It provides all tracks in the universally compatible MP3 format at prices as low as 27 cents (17p/ 23c) a track.

eMusic (www.emusic.com) is a specialty digital entertainment retailer that has been at the forefront of offering MP3 downloads and customer-friendly prices since its inception in 1998. The company is focused on serving customers aged 25 and older by offering independent music and audio books in a universally compatible format at a great value. It is the world's largest retailer of independent music and the world's second-largest digital music service after iTunes, with more than 3.5 million tracks from 27,000 of the world's leading independent labels and thousands of titles from top audio book publishers. To super-serve its more than 400,000 customers, eMusic provides award-winning editorial content, a vibrant online community and unrivaled music discovery tools. eMusic's subscription-based service offers free music downloads or one free audio book at sign-up, giving consumers an inexpensive, low-risk way to explore great new music and books they wouldn't find otherwise. Based in New York with an office in London, eMusic is available in the U.S. and all 27 E.U. nations. eMusic.com Inc. is wholly owned by Dimensional Associates, Inc., the private equity arm of JDS Capital Management, Inc.


Chicago will perform the following concerts:
April 25 @ Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului HI
April 26 @ Waikiki Shell in Honolulu HI
May 2 @ Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando FL
May 4 @ Seminole Hard Rock Live in Hollywood FL
May 8-9 @ Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls ON
June 3 @ Dodge Theatre in Phoenix AZ
June 5-6 @ Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City CA
June 7 @ Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord CA
June 10 @ Sandia Casino in Albuquerque NM
June 11 @ Coors Amphitheatre in Englewood CO
June 12 @ Starlight Theatre in Kansas City MO
June 14 @ CW Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands TX
June 15 @ Superpages in Dallas TX
June 17 @ Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati OH
June 18 @ Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey PA
June 20 @ Charter One Pavilion in Chicago IL
June 21 @ DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston MI
June 22 @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights MO
June 24 @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta GA
June 26 @ Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden NJ
June 27 @ Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh NY
June 28 @ Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City NJ
June 29 @ Bethel Woods Center in Bethel NY
July 1 @ Bank of America Pavilion in Boston MA
July 2 @ PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel NJ
July 3 @ Saratoga PAC in Saratoga Springs NY
July 4 @ Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville CT
July 6 @ Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion in Gilford NH
July 8 @ Plain Dealer Pavilion in Cleveland OH
July 9 @ Filene Center in Vienna VA
July 12 @ Dover Downs Hotel in Dover DE
July 16 @ Jazz Festival in Stuttgart Germany
July 18 @ Cirkus in Stockholm Sweden
July 19 @ Sentrum Scene in Oslo Norway
July 21 @ Horsens Ny Teater in Horsens Denmark
July 22 @ Stadtpark Open Air in Hamburg Germany
July 23 @ Spaudau Zitadelle in Berlin Germany
July 25 @ Kongresshaus in Zurich Switzerland
July 26 @ Piazza Lucca in Lucca Italy
July 28 @ Sporting Club in Monte Carlo
July 29 @ Casino de Paris in Paris France
July 31 @ British International Motor Show in London UK
August 7 @ Roger's Sports Complex in Fort Dodge IA
August 8 @ Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls IA
August 9 @ Hall County Fair in Grand Island NE
August 10 @ Divots Event Center in Norfolk NE
August 14 @ Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden WA
August 15 @ Southwest Washington Fair in Chehalis WA
August 16 @ Lane County Fair in Eugene OR
August 19 @ Benton-Franklin County Fair in Kennewick WA
August 20 @ Expo Idaho in Boise ID
September 6 @ Seneca Allegheny Casino in Salamanca NY.
All dates June 3 through July 4 are with the Doobie Brothers.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Frank Sinatra Jr. & His Orchestra, Dee Dee Bridgewater with special guest Richard Bona Band, Boz Scaggs, and Al Green will headline the seventh annual Rochester International Jazz Festival (http://www.rochesterjazz.com) presented by M&T Bank. The nine-day Festival, June 13-21, will deliver a diverse lineup of creative improvised music with more than 800 artists from around the world performing in 250 concerts. The festival is being held in 15 venues in Rochester's downtown cultural district, the Festival is presented in several series, the Eastman Theater Headliner Series, more than 59 free shows on three outdoor stages and 150 concerts in the Club Pass Series. For a complete concert schedule, artist bios, photos and past festival photos visit http://www.rochesterjazz.com.

This year's Eastman Series features two special concerts:
"Gillespiana" - A Tribute To Dizzy Gillespie with special guests Jeanie Bryson (Dizzy's daughter); Byron Stripling; Gerry Niewood and a 21-piece Jazz Orchestra conducted by Jeff Tyzik
Jazz at the Philharmonic - Celebrating the Jam Session starring CarmenLundy, Houston Person, Eric Alexander, Vince Herring, Nicholas Payton, Jeremy Pelt, Slide Hampton, Peter Bernstein, Cedar Walton, Eric Reed, Peter Washington, David Williams, Kenny Washington, and Louis Hayes.

Three of the Festival's Kilbourn Hall Concerts will be filmed in high definition by WXXI Television for broadcast nationwide on PBS. This is the third year that WXXI will be filming at the Festival. Six, half-hour shows filmed in high definition last year will be broadcast nationwide this year. Back for its second year, the highly praised Nordic Series will showcase groups from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Faroe Islands, many of which have never played before in the U.S. Nightly Jam Sessions led by Bob Sneider and his Trio are back for the seventh year starting at 10:30 p.m. nightly at The Rochester Plaza.

Here is the 2008 Artist Lineup:
Al Foster Quartet, Al Green, Alison Brown Quartet, Amina Figarova Sextet, Six Classic Jazz Films from Retro Rochester, Barbara Dennerlein, Beady Belle, Beaucoup Blue, Ben Britton Band, Ben Riley, Bill Tiberio Band, Billy's Band, Blake Tartare, Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, Boz Scaggs, Breit-Thomson, Carmen Lundy, Carolyn Wonderland, Catherine Russell, Cedar Walton, Cindy Blackman Quartet, Crittendon, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Dave Rivello Ensemble, Dave Samuels Caribbean Jazz Project, David Liebman Quartet, David Murray's Black Saint Quartet, David Williams, Dee Dee Bridgewater "A Malian Journey", Denis Parker & Scott Goudie "Rowdy Blues", Devon Allman's Honeytribe, Dharma Jazz, DJABE, Downchild Blues Band, Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers, Eastman Community Music School – Latin Jazz Combo, Saxology, Jazz Combo Showcase, Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra - Combo, Eddie Daniels Quartet, Eric Alexander, Eric Reed, Frank Sinatra Jr. "Sinatra Sings Sinatra", "Gillespiana" - Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie Directed by Jeff Tyzik, Guy Barker & Ian Shaw "Made in The UK", Henderson-Owens 3 Featuring Dr. Lonnie Smith, Herb Smith, Houston Person, Howard Alden, Iro Haarla Quartet, Jacky Terrasson, Jacob Anderskov, Jae Sinnett Quartet, Jake Shimabikuro, JazzKamikaze, Jeremy Pelt, Joe & Pat Labarbera, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Locke "Force of Four", John Beck Quartet featuring Mike Cottone, John Scofield Trio, John Viviani & Filthy Funk, Juliette Lloyd, Kenny Washington, Kris Davis Quartet, Kristian Blak & Yggdrasil "Ravnating", Lou Donaldson Quartet, Louis Hayes, Medeski Martin & Wood, Miguel Zenon Quartet, Music Educators Jazz Ensemble, Music Music Music, Nate Rawls Band, Neocollage, New Energy Jazz Orchestra, New Horizons Big Band, New York's Finest Jazz Ensemble, Nicholas Payton, Ola Kvernberg Trio, Peter Bernstein, Peter Washington, Rachel Z, Richard Bona Band, RIJF All Star Jam Session, Robi Botos Trio, Robin McKelle, Rochester Metro Jazz Orchestra, Sachal Vasandani, Saturday Night Fish Fry, Shirantha Beddage Quartet, Slide Hampton & Friends, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Soulive, Soulstew, Spam All Stars, Stephanie McKay, Supergenerous, Taylor Eigsti & Julian Lage, The Bad Plus, The Buddhahood, The Kentucky Headhunters, The Nighthawks, The Skatalites, The Sliding Hammers, The Yellowjackets, Third World, Tierney Sutton Band, Tim Blane, Timo Lassy Band, Todd Londagin Quartet, Trio East, Vince Herring, Wild Magnolias, and Wildbird & Peacedrums.

The Rochester International Jazz Festival is produced by John Nugent, Founder, Co-Producer and Artistic Director, and Marc Iacona, Co-Producer and Executive Director. Founded in 2002, it has become one of nation's largest and fastest growing music festivals, drawing fans from all acrossthe U.S. and around the world. Attendance has grown annually from 15,000 in 2002 to a record 121,000 in 2007.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Accomplished bass player, Victor Wooten is in the midst of a tour in support of his new CD, Palmystery, which was released on April 1, 2008. In keeping with the ongoing philosophy of genre-bending eclecticism that has driven all of his solo work, Wooten's Heads Up debut embraces a range of styles – jazz, funk, pop, soul, gospel, world music and more – and boasts a diverse guest list that includes Mike Stern, Richard Bona, Keb' Mo' and others. Wooten is a four-time Grammy Award-winner, an original member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and the only three-time winner of Bass Player Magazine's Bass Player of the Year.

Palmystery's April 1 release date is simultaneous with the release of The Music Lesson, Wooten's new novel published by Berkley Trade Paperback (The Penguin Group USA). The Music Lesson is the story of a struggling young musician who is unexpectedly visited by a mysterious, seemingly mystic music teacher who guides him through a spiritual journey of higher education in both music and life. The themes of spirituality and mysticism at the core of The Music Lesson dovetail perfectly with those of Palmystery.

Victor Wooten tour dates:

April 24 – Las Vegas, NV @ Canyon Club Las Vegas
April 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Crash Mansion
April 26 – San Juan Capistrano, CA @ Coach House
April 27 – Solana, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
April 28 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
April 29 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlows
May 1 – Anchorage, AK @ Bear Tooth Theatre & Pub
May 2 – Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre
May 3 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theatre
May 4 – Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
May 6 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Paladium
May 7 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen
May 8 – Denver, CO @ Oriental Theatre
May 9 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre

Monday, April 21, 2008


On her latest release, Linn Rountree offers up a soulful collection of songs designed to warm even the coldest night. Lin Rountree and the production team of Billy Meadows and Dana Davis have scored another hit with this follow up to Rountree's magical debut project Groovetree. As DJ Fazio of JazzMonthly.com said about his 2005 release, Groovetree, "When you think 'groove', think Lin Rountree..." In talking about his new release, Lin Rountree said, "Sumthin' Good was a great project to record because we didn't stray too far from what made us successful on Groovetree.Great grooves with great melodies played by great musicians. On Sumthin' Good, you will hear a progression, almost a maturation of sorts, in our sound and concepts. You will feel a little more punch on the mid-tempo songs and more soul on the easy grooves."

During the past few years, Lin has received international acclaim for his music and performances and has been dubbed a member of the "new generation" of future smooth jazz stars. He has also shared the stage/studio with the likes of KEM, Dwele, Tim Bowman, George Benson, Peter White, Conya Doss Deitrick Hadden and a host of others. "For Your Love f/Tim Bowman," the first release from the 2005 Groovetree, stayed on the SJ Charts for 15 weeks as Lin's sound drew strong comparisons to Rick Braun and Chris Botti showing the world that Rountree is the real deal.

Punching grooves aren't all that Sumthin' Good serves up. According to Rountree, "There's a beautiful ballad ('All The Way') co-written by Roberto Valley (bassist with Paul Brown). Mr. Carl Robinson contributed 'She's Just A Woman' for you reggae lovers. The legendary Perry Hughes (guitarist with Earl Klugh and Bob James) kicks in some lead guitar and a KILLER solo on 'Chillin' On. ' There's even two vocal tracks this time, one featuring international soul sensation Amp Fiddler ('Kiss on Ya Soul'), and the other with up-and-coming R&B superstar 19-year-old Valencia ('Get Away'). All in all, we think Sumthin' Good is indeed that. We hope you will too!"

Through a partnership with industry moguls Hank Caldwell and Kendall Minter of NDN, LLC, Lin recently signed a national distribution deal with Ryko/Warner Bros. and is poised to release Sumthin' Good, Lin's sophomore effort. Sumthin' Good is scheduled to be released April 2008.

Thursday, April 17, 2008


Bobby Darin – The Best Of Bobby Darin (Capitol/EMI)
Bobby Ricketts – Skin To Skin (Third Wave)
Bradley Leighton – Soul Collective (Pacific Coast Jazz)
Dean Martin – The Best Of Dean Martin (Capitol/EMI)
Dianne Reeves – A Little Moonlight (Blue Note)
Donn Bynum – Do You Feel Me (Great Sax)
Frank Sinatra – Sinatra At The Movies (Capitol/EMI)
Freddie Jackson – The Best Of Freddie Jackson (Capitol/EMI)
Gal Costa – Gal (Philips/Dusty Groove)
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Black & Blue (PIR/Japan)
James Brown – Singles Volume 5: 1967-1969 (King/Hip-O Select)
John Coltrane – The Impulse! Albums: Volume Five (Verve)
John Legend – Live From Philadelphia (VD/Sony)
John Mayer – Continuum (features new song ‘Stay’/Columbia)
Kim Bankston – So Jobim (Kimstar)
Latimore – Latimore (Glades)
Laura Nyro – Nested (Iconoclassic)
Lou Rawls – Love Songs (Capitol/EMI)
Malena – Fried Samba (Freestyle/UK)
Nat King Cole – The Best Of Nat King Cole (Capitol/EMI)
Os Ipanemas – Call Of The Gods (Far Out/UK)
Patrick Adams – Master Of The Masterpiece Vol 2 – More Of The Best Of Patrick Adams (P&P)
Patrick Yandall – Laws Of Groovity (Zangi)
Phyllis Hyman – Somewhere In My Lifetime (Arista/Japan)
Rodney Franklin – You’ll Never Know (Columbia/Japan)
Rodney Franklin – In The Center (Columbia/Japan)
Sylvia Bennett – Songs From The Heart (Out Of Sight)
Was (Not Was) – Boo! (Ryodisc)
Wiley & The Checkmates – We Call It Soul (Rabbit Factory)
Yusef Lateef – 10 Years Hence (Atlantic/Wounded Bird)
Various Artists – Future Soul (Freestyle/UK)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall first ever solo album - ‘Tribute To Bobby’, is a collection of soul classics originally recorded by the legendary Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland. After a fantastic career with Simply Red, Mick Hucknall has decided to do something different, and last June, he emerged from his home recording studio with a brand new album, a tribute to Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland – one of his heroes and inspirations.

“His music has this sophistication to it, a jazz tinge. There’s also the darkness of his lyrics – Bobby sings with a really twisted pain and sorrow. He’s one of the vocalists who influenced my singing style long before I became a slave to pop success”. A master class in soul, blues and R&B, Hucknall transforms the thoughtfully selected covers into his own, and succeed in producing an intensely passionate and diverse album. Hucknall’s passion and respect for the project is unquestioned “I’m doing this album for myself, it’s my own personal odyssey. I feel more at home here. This is the beginning for me, I hope my old fans come along, and I hope we can make some new friends with it too” he says.

Produced by long time collaborator Andy Wright, the album is characterised by Hucknall’s striking emotional honesty, musical sincerity and his utterly unique voice. Embracing the spirit of Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, one of many standout tracks on the album is ‘Stormy Monday Blues’, a thriving journey into the world of jazz and blues.

Other highlights on the album are many and include the first single 'Poverty' and ‘Cry Cry Cry’, a raw and soulful track that fits Hucknall perfectly. Alongside ‘I’ll Take Care Of You’, ‘I Pity The Fool’, and the stellar ‘Farther Up The Road’ means the album is consistently rewarding and hugely addictive. Mick Hucknall’s ‘Tribute To Bobby’ is set for released on May 19, 2008.

Monday, April 14, 2008


Motown/Hip-O-Select is gearing for an April 29 release of nearly 50 rare Supremes tracks, that will see the light of day on a new double-disc set, "Let the Music Play: Supreme Rarities 1960-1969." "Let The Music Play: Supreme Rarities 1960-1969" includes alternate versions or vocals on favorites such as "You Can't Hurry Love," "Back in My Arms Again," "Someday We'll Be Together" and "I'll Set You Free," plus extended or alternate mixes of "Uptight," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" and "Don't Let True Love Die." Also included will be several covers, ranging from Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual" to the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," a spin on the Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There" renamed "I Saw Him Standing There" and "MacArthur Park."Heres the track listing for "Let the Music Play:

Supreme Rarities 1960-1969":
Disc one:
"You Can Depend On Me"
"Tears Of Sorrow" (Motown version)
"Because I Love Him"
"Hey Baby" (version 1)
"Too Hot"
"You're Gonna Come To Me" (version 1)
"You're Gonna Come To Me" (version 2)
"It Makes No Difference Now" (alternate version)
"Come On Boy" (alternate version)
"Just Call Me" (stereo mix)
"I Saw Him Standing There"
"Not Fade Away"
"Ooowee Baby" (alternate mix)
"It's All Your Fault" (version 1)
Hits Medley: "Come See About Me"/"Baby Love"/"Stop! In The Name Of Love"
"Cupid" (alternate extended mix)
"Take Me Where You Go" (alternate version)
"Back In My Arms Again" (alternate vocal)
"You Can't Hurry Love" (alternate vocal)
"Mickey's Monkey"
"Uptight" (alternate mix)
"It's Not Unusual"
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
"Come And Get These Memories" (alternate mix)
"I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" (alternate mix)
"Let The Music Play" (alternate vocal)

Disc two:"Don't Let True Love Die" (extended version)
"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"
"Every Time I Feel The Spirit"
"Believe In Me"
"The Beginning Of The End Of Love" (stereo mix)
"People" (Unedited Version)
"Over The Rainbow"
"Wish I Knew"
"I Can't Give Back The Love I Feel For You"
"I'll Set You Free" (alternate vocal)
"Ain't No Sun Since You've Been Gone"
"In The Evening Of Our Love"
"Love Child" (extended version with alternate vocal)
"Those Precious Memories"
"I'm Livin' In Shame" (version 1)
"MacArthur Park"
"You're Gonna Hear From Me"
"Canadian Sunset"
"Autumn Leaves"
"The Look Of Love"
"Someday We'll Be Together" (alternate vocal)

Thursday, April 10, 2008


James Taylor has embarked on an ambitious tour and here are the tour dates.
April 8 - Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany
April 10 - KKL Pavilion, Lucerne, Switzerland
April 12 - Teatro Verdi, Florence, Italy
April 14 - Teatro Smeraldo, Milan, Italy
April 15 - Gran Teatro, Rome, Italy
April 17 – Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, Germany
April 18 - Concert House, Odense, Denmark
April 20 – Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden
April 21 - Oslo Konserthuset, Oslo, Norway
April 23 - Falkoner Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark
May 22 - Virginia Beach Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach, VA
May 24- Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA
May 25- Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA
May 28 - Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh, NC
May 29 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
May 31 - Pier Six Pavilion, Baltimore, MD
June 1 - Mann Center, Philadelpiha, PA
June 3 - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
June 4 - Meadowbrook Music Festival, Rochester, MI
June 6 – Ravinia, Highland Park, IL
June 7 - Ravinia, Highland Park, IL
June 9 - Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO
June 11 - Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
June 14 - Borgata Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ
June 17 - Toyota Pavilion, Scranton, PA
June 18 - Filene Center, Vienna, VA
June 20 - PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel,NJ
June 21 - Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
July 3 - at Tanglewood, Lenox, MA
July 4 – Tanglewood, Lenox, MA
July 6 - Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
July 8 - Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON
July 11 - Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK
July 12 - Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
July 13 - Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, AB
July 16 - Propsera Place, Kelowna, BC
July 18 - GM Place, Vancouver, BC
July 19 - Save On Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria, BC
July 21 - Chateau St. Michelle Winery, Woodinville, WA
July 22 - Chateau St. Michelle Winery, Woodinville, WA
July 24 - Clark County Amphitheater, Ridgefield, WA
July 26 – Harveys, Lake Tahoe, NV
July 27 - Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA
July 29 - Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
July 30 - Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
August 1 - Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA

Wednesday, April 09, 2008


Saxophonist Jessy J has just released her debut CD, Tequila Moon. Jessy J's Tequila Moon was produced by guitarist Paul Brown and includes the smooth jazz hit title single.

Popular contemporary jazz bassist Gerald Veasley released his latest CD, Your Move, on the Heads Up International label on Tuesday, March 11th. The project finds Veasley offering up several original tunes, some co-written and produced by veteran guitarist Chuck Loeb. Veasley is the owner of the Jazz Base club in Reading, Pennsylvania, which is the site of the Berks Jazz Festival, kicking off March 28th. He will be conducting his seventh straight Bass Bootcamp for bass players during the festival. For more information about Bass Bootcamp and all things Berks, go to www.berksjazzfest.com

Bassist Marcus Miller has lined up a series of concert dates in support of his new CD, titled Free. Free features a cover of the Deniece Williams hit "Free" sung by Corinne Bailey Rae. The album also features guest appearances by guitarist Keb’ Mo’, singer Lalah Hathaway, and singer-actress Yaraji P Henson. Marcus Miller has been tapped to host the first Playboy Jazz Cruise, set for January 2009. Upcoming tour dates for Marcus Miller include: April 11 - New York, NY - B.B. King's; April 22 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door; April 24-27 - San Francisco, CA - Yoshi's; and April 28 - Santa Cruz, CA - Kuumbwa Center.

Chris Standring’s brand new single "Love And Paragraphs" is a big hit on the R & R national radio charts – and is currently moving up the charts. As a result of the success of this new single, Chris Standring is set to have a very successful year all around. As a matter of fact, he’s booked for a series of upcoming concerts. Here’s where he’s appearing in the next few months: April 23 – Reno, Nevada; April 24 – Love & Paragraphs Record Release Party, Los Angeles, CA; and July 25 – Walnut Creek @ Broadway Plaza.

Grace Jones is working on a new album, her first in many years. Word is that she’s working in Jamaica with Mikey Chung, Sly and Robbie and Uzziah ‘Sticky" Thompson. The still untitled album is expected t be release via an international label.

Elvis Costello’s next release, Momofuku, will arrive on April 22 on the Lost Highway label. The release will only be available on vinyl, with a digital download included in the package.

Donny Osmond’s newest is From Love With Donny (out on April 22).

The latest from Al Green is due out on May 27 via Blue Note Records. It’s entitled Lay It Down.

Fantasy Records is releasing Freedom Suite by Sonny Rollins on June 3. Also due for release from Fantasy (same date) are Fly With The Wind from McCoy Tyner, Incredible Jazz Guitar from Wes Montgomery, and Work Song by Nat Adderly.

Bassist Wayman Tisdale is putting the finishing touches on his upcoming CD release as country singer Toby Keith joins Wayman Tisdale on a remake of Barry White’s Hit "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up". The duo recently joined forces for a remake of Barry White’s hit "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up" on Tisdale’s eighth album ‘Rebound,’ set for release on Rendezvous Entertainment on June 3rd.

Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis are collaborating on a new. Two Men With The Blues, out on June 10.

Sergio Mendes' latest album, "Encanto," will feature new collaborations with Juanes, plus Brazilian artists Carlinhos Brown and Vanessa da Mata, Fergie and Natalie Cole, among others. Concord Records and Starbucks Entertainment will release the set June 10 to Starbucks locations and other music retailers. Mendes’ who’s lat album was the Latin Grammy-winning album, "Timeless," released via the companies' Hear/Concord venture in 2006, has recorded four Antonio Carlos Jobim compositions for the new album, including "Agua de Beber," with previous collaborator will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas. Other guest artists on the album include Ledisi, Herb Alpert and original Brasil 66 singer Lani Hall, and Italian rapper Jovanotti. Sergio Mendes "Timeless" sold 208,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Amos Lee will release Last Days At The Lodge on June 24.

Tom Jones has a new album in the works that is out on June 24, no title as of yet.

A Isaac Hayes album is in the works for release soon via Fantasy Records. The album is as yet untitled and is expected to hit stores on August 5

Monday, April 07, 2008


The Sax Pack just made their CD debut with Fallin' For You on Shanachie. Featuring smooth jazz saxophonists Jeff Kashiwa, Kim Waters, and Steve Cole, the album comes after three years of summer tours by the talented threesome. The new set includes covers of the '60s hit "Tequila" featuring guitarist Jeff Golub, the Norman Connors tune "You Are My Starship," and the War classic "The WorldIs A Ghetto." The set also includes original tunes such as "Maceo," a tribute to funk saxophonist Maceo Parker. Kashiwa came up with the concept and got the Sax Pack tour kicked off in 2004.

The Sax Pack's next live concert is scheduled for April 19th at the Sea Breeze Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. For the complete tour itinerary, go to www.thesaxpack.com. The well-known saxophonists are excited to create a show that combines their individual styles and diverse backgrounds for a fresh approach to the music that inspired them all to become musicians; jazz. Highlights of the tour will feature original music written specifically for The Sax Pack, as well as each sax player's signature hits and the classic funk, R&B and jazz tunes that will get fans out of their seats.

Here are the Sax Pack’s upcoming tour dates:
April 19 - @ Sea Breeze Jazz Festival, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
April 20 - @ Sax Pack CD Premier Party, Melbourne, FL
April 25 - @ Jazz At Jacks, Denver, CO
June 27 - @ State Theatre, Fresno, CA
June 28 - @ Wilson Creek Winery, Temecula, CA
July 4 - @ Hyatt Newport Beach 4th of July Celebration, Newport Beach, CA
August 2– Historic Third Ward Jazz Festival, Milwaukee, WI
August 3 – Historic International Jazz Festival, Houston, TX
August 16 – Genuine Jazz Festival, Breckinridge, CO
October 3 – Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival, Avalon, CA
February 6, 2009 @ One World Theatre, Austin, TX

Thursday, April 03, 2008


The American Pianists Association (APA) has announced John Legend has replaced Aretha Franklin as the headliner as well as the performance schedule and complete artist line-up for the Kroger Indy Jazz Fest presented by Coca-Cola. Three days of live music and good food will make the Kroger Indy Jazz Fest presented by Coca-Cola perfect for Father's Day weekend June 13 - 15 at Military Park downtown Indianapolis.

Tickets went on sale March 28 at all central Indianapolis Krogers, online at http://www.indyjazzfest.net or for group tickets and information call 317-940-8198. Tickets can also be purchased at Military Park the day of the event (cash only). Children 14 and under enter the festival free when accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

The 2008 Kroger Indy Jazz Fest presented by Coca-Cola line-up includes:

Friday, June 13
6:15 - 6:45 Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel
6:45 - 7:45 Bettye LaVette
7:45 - 9:00 Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood
9:00 - 9:30 Claude Sifferlen Trio
9:30 - 10:30 Buddy Guy White

Saturday, June 14
3:15 - 4:15 Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band
4:15 - 5:15 Stephanie Browning Quartet
5:15 - 6:15 Dan Tepfer Trio (APA Jazz Fellow)
6:15 - 7:15 Freddie Hubbard
7:15 - 7:45 TBD
7:45 - 9:00 Dave Koz
9:00 - 9:30 Melvin Rhynes
9:30 - 11:00 John Legend White

Sunday, June 15
3:15 - 4:00 TBD
4:00 - 5:00 Robin McKelle Quartet
5:00 - 6:00 Aaron Parks Quartet
6:00 - 7:00 Ramsey Lewis, Legends of Jazz Tour presented by AARP
7:00 - 8:00 Paquito D'Rivera, Legends of Jazz Tour presented by AARP
8:00 - 9:00 Four Play, Legends of Jazz Tour presented by AARP

*All artists and times are subject to change
Ticket locations and prices:
Central Indiana Kroger Stores:
March 28 - April 30: $22 per day, $55 three-day pass
May 1 - June 13 at 10:30 pm: $25 per day, $65 three-day pass
March 28 - June 12: $25 per day, $65 three-day pass,
$65 premium seating
Military Park:
June 13 - 15: $25 Friday, $35 Saturday,
$35 Sunday, $65 three-day pass


NuGroove Saxophonist Michael Lington has become an American citizen. On March 20, 2008, Michael was sworn in with 6,007 other immigrants in Los Angeles, California. The Danish-born contemporary jazz superstar arrived in the United States in September 1990. "I am extremely proud of my Danish heritage and it will always be a big part of me, but becoming a U.S. citizen is a milestone in my journey and I am happy and excited about my future as an American. Growing up in Europe, in a wonderful city like Copenhagen is an experience I treasure. Then, having an amazing adult life and career in the United States makes me feel like I have been given the greatest gift... the best of both worlds," said Lington.

Michael Lington has demonstrated his contemporary saxophone chops with a steady stream of chart-toppers since his debut album in 1997 under the nuGroove label. (Michael was one of the first artists signed to nuGroove and returned "home" to resign with the label in 2008.) His CD, Stay with Me, yielded three Radio & Records national jazz hits with "Show Me" at #2; "Two of a Kind" at #2; and "Pacifica" at #6. Stay With Me also remained on the Billboard contemporary jazz chart for a total of 24 weeks. "Twice In A Lifetime" and "Sunset" from Vivid; and "Still Thinking of You" from Lington's Everything Must Change all went Top 5 as well. His duet with
Bobby Caldwell on "Tell It Like It Is" from his self-titled debut ascended both the jazz and adult contemporary charts.

In between touring his 2007 album, Song for You, and recording his upcoming 2008 release, Lington lends his artistry to the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, which raises funds for children's music programs and provides instruments to public schools all over the U.S. Michael participates in Create Now, where he mentors troubled teens in Los Angeles and Acre's of Love, a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive services; and "forever" homes for abandoned and AIDS children in South Africa.

For more information click to http://www.michaellington.com and http://www.thenugroove.com

Tuesday, April 01, 2008


New Design Records and KOCH Records have announced the release of "Back To Bacharach," a new classic, from Grammy winning singer and songwriter/producer Steve Tyrell. At the age of 19, Steve journeyed from Houston, Texas to New York City to work at pop and soul music giant Scepter Records. Upon arriving at Scepter Records and its adjacent Baby Monica Publishing Company, he immediately found himself surrounded by swiftly developing super teams such as Carole King & Gerry Goffin, Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson and Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil. But it was with a pair of outside contractors -- songwriting producers Burt Bacharach & Hal David -- that Steve would forge his most personal alliance, an alliance that lasted for nine years and enabled Tyrell to forge his initial mark in the music business.

Through his work with Bacharach & David, Tyrell got to work in motion pictures and at a very young age became one of the first music supervisors responsible for coordinating hit songs with the release of the films they appeared in. Those successes included the gold standard of foreplay songs, "The Look of Love" (recorded for the James Bond spy spoof "Casino Royale" by Dusty Springfield,) the theme for "Alfie" (sung by Cher in the film and by Dionne Warwick at the Academy Awards) as well as the theme from the legendary Jacqueline Susan film "Valley Of The Dolls" (which Tyrell helped make Dionne's first Number 1 Pop Hit record.) The film song that Steve played a major role in was "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" -- the one that earned Bacharach & David the Oscar® for 1969's Best Original Song in a Motion Picture. When looking for an artist to sing the song, Steve called in his friend from Texas, B.J. Thomas who recorded it for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."

For music lovers the world over, those songs are indelibly bound to our DNA, haunting strands of melodious memories that bring forth a flood of emotions and associations. For Steve Tyrell, they represent milestones in a distinguished career and the joys and pains of his own personal life. It is because of his close proximity to the songs and their creators that Steve is able to bring something unique to his versions while being fortunate enough to include Dionne Warwick, Herb Alpert and 2008 Grammy Award winner Patti Austin as well as Bacharach himself on the CD to relive the golden moments.

The song that gets the Technicolor treatment on "Back To Bacharach" is Bacharach and David's anthem, "What the World Needs Now is Love," a song Steve believes is "more relevant now than it ever was." Bacharach's piano glues together the whole affair which features superstars Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Martina McBride and Dionne Warwick along with Tyrell. The all-star recording is for a worthy cause -- all proceeds will go to the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA) in remembrance of Steve's wife Stephanie (who passed away from Colon Cancer five years ago) and Jay Monahan, the late husband of television journalist Katie Couric. Close friends, Steve Tyrell and Katie Couric have worked together constantly since his wife's death, raising funds to benefit Colon Cancer research and co-hosting an annual benefit in Seattle called "Make The Evening Matter."

Other classics featured on the "Back To Bacharach" album are: "Walk On By," The Look Of Love," Close To You," "A House Is Not A Home," "This Guy's In Love," "One Less Bell To Answer," "Reach Out For Me," "I Say A Little Prayer For You," "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself," "Always Something There To Remind Me," "Don't Make Me Over" and the Oscar winning "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head."

Steve Tyrell's previous six albums have earned him a number of accolades, his first album "A New Standard" had a 90 week run on the Billboard Jazz charts and "Standard Time" and "This Time Of The Year" and "Songs Of Sinatra" were all Top 5 charters. "The Disney Standards," his last album was released in 2006 and achieved Top 10 status on the Billboard Jazz charts.
"Back To Bacharach" will be released on Tyrell's own New Design Records/ KOCH Records on May 27, 2008.


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